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Organizational correlates of secondary traumatic stress and burnout among sexual assault nurse examiners

Townsend, Stephanie M. PhD1; Campbell, Rebecca PhD2

Journal of Forensic Nursing:
doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2009.01040.x
Original Articles

This study explores correlates of secondary traumatic stress (STS) and burnout among SANE nurses. Cross‐sectional interviews were conducted with nurses from a random sample of SANE programs. The interview measured organizational and demographic variables and current levels of STS and burnout. STS and burnout were found to be related but not identical processes. Organizational variables played a significant role in predicting both outcomes. The results have implications for increasing organizational support as a way of lessening the impact of STS and burnout.

Author Information

1Independent Evaluation Consultant, Pittsford, New York

2Michigan State University, Department of Psychology, East Lansing, Michigan

Received: May 13, 2008; accepted: September 24, 2008


Rebecca Campbell, PhD, Michigan State University, Department of Psychology, Psychology Research Building, East Lansing, MI 48824‐1117. Tel: 517‐432‐8390; E‐mail:

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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